Senator Santarsiero Announces $3,950,000 in State Funding to Bucks County Community College

BUCKS COUNTY — December 10, 2020 — State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) announced the award of $3,950,000 in state funding to Bucks County Community College (BCCC) from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). The funding award from the state will go toward BCCC’s latest capital undertaking, part of a $7,900,000 project. This project, a new Enterprise Resource Planning System (ERP), is an investment in the college’s technology infrastructure and will allow BCCC to modernize systems for students, faculty, and staff for decades to come.

“Bucks County Community College continues to provide outstanding opportunities to our local students, despite recent challenges in the education field due to the pandemic,” said Sen. Santarsiero. “This funding from the Department of Education will help BCCC continue to provide exemplary community engagement and pathways for personal and professional success for all students.”

The college’s president, Dr. Stephanie Shanblatt, commented “In today and tomorrow’s world, capital projects are not always bricks and mortar. This project will propel the digital transformation of Bucks, allowing us to serve Bucks Countians using new user-friendly and more secure technology systems.”

As per the perimeters of the grant, the funding from PDE represents half of the annual capital expense of the project. The remaining funds will be sourced from local sponsors of BCCC.

To learn more about BCCC, visit their website.

To learn about funding opportunities through PDE, visit their website.


Senator Santarsiero Announces More Than $450,000 in Funding to Local Postsecondary Schools to Aid in Safe Re-Opening Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

BUCKS COUNTY – August 3, 2020 – State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) announced $458,136 will be going to two postsecondary schools in his district, Bucks County Community College and Delaware Valley University, to assist them in implementing public health and safety plans and help them to resume operations in the fall.  Bucks County Community College will receive $366,908 and Delaware Valley University will receive $91,228.  The funding is part of $28 million being distributed amongst postsecondary institutions in Pennsylvania.  The amount each entity received was based on both the shares of total enrollments by each postsecondary sector and the number of socio-economically disadvantaged students served by institutions.

“I was pleased to see that Governor Wolf set aside funds from the CARES Act to support Pennsylvania’s institutions of higher learning, like Bucks County Community College and Delaware Valley University,” said Sen. Santarsiero.  “As our colleges and universities prepare for the upcoming semester, these funds will be critical to help keep students, faculty and staff safe.  Our schools deserve our support as they overcome the unique challenges to serve our students amid the Coronavirus pandemic.” 

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act authorized Governor Wolf to determine the educational use of Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Funds.  For additional information, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Education website


Senator Santarsiero Announces $100,000 Grant to Bucks County Community College

BUCKS COUNTY − February 14, 2019 − Pennsylvania Senator Steve Santarsiero, D-Bucks, announced the award of a $100,000 pre-apprenticeship grant to Bucks County Community College. This grant is one of several awarded by Governor Tom Wolf as part of the first PAsmart Apprenticeship and Next Generation Industry Partnerships, which aims to grow STEM education and job training opportunities to benefit employees and industries alike.

“By focusing on preparation for the job market, we can make sure that the next generation of workers in our commonwealth are competitive in their chosen fields,” Sen. Santarsiero said. “There are so many options for young people after high school, whether they go on to higher education or an apprenticeship program, or immediately join the workforce, opportunities provided by grants like these help to shape the future of our economy.”

With the help of this grant, Bucks County Community College will be able to expand the industrial maintenance pre-apprenticeship training program that is already in place for Bucks County high school students and other out-of-school adults between the ages of 18-24. The program is 24 weeks long and requires three hours of industrial maintenance instruction daily.

For more information on this and other grant programs, please visit